Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

Event Description

Online registration is closed. To register, email Tram Nguyen at by 9:30 am on 09/21/23.

Remote Only Event

Older adults are especially vulnerable to violent crime, neglect, and exploitation, including financial fraud. Elder abuse is often difficult to detect, as the perpetrator may be a caretaker, family member, or other individual on whom the victim must rely for basic needs. Accordingly, victims may be reluctant to report a crime.  This presentation will focus on financial exploitation and provide you with an overview of this crime, its prosecution and the role of the Attorney General’s Office. Additionally, an elder lawyer will discuss the challenges of representing a vulnerable adult client or concerned family member where there are allegations of financial exploitation. We’ll also explore “cautionary tales” for lawyers who represent vulnerable adults and how to avoid ethical conundrums. Lastly, there will be a discussion of consumer fraud scams targeted at older adults and MN laws that enhance civil remedies for seniors.


Nick Wanka
Nick is Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. The MFCU prosecutes health care providers defrauding the Medicaid program and providers or other individuals who abuse, neglect, and financially exploit vulnerable adults. 

Rachell Henning
Henningson & Snoxell, LTD.
Rachell is an elder law attorney who assists clients and their families with Medical Assistance, guardianships and conservatorships, asset protection planning, and estate planning.  In her practice, she has collaborated with adult protection, police officers, social workers, and family members to protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation.

Karin Ciano
Karin is a Senior Assistant Director at the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.  She investigates and litigates complaints of misconduct by Minnesota-licensed attorneys.

John Goolsby
Owner, Goolsby Law Office, LLC
The Goolsby Law Office, LLC, helps Minnesotans stand up for their rights under federal and state consumer protection laws, including civil laws that specifically protect seniors.

Elizabeth I. Wrobel, Esq.
Elizabeth is a partner at Wrobel & Smith PLLP specializing in long-term care and medical insurance disputes. Elizabeth formerly worked for the MFCU from 2001-2006.

CLE Credits: 1.5 Standard CLE Credits and 0.5 Ethics Credit | Event Code: 491448


Elder Law Section Member: FREE
MSBA/HCBA/RCBA Member: $15
Non-Member: $45
Law Student/New Lawyer: FREE

Registration Deadline: September 19, 2 023. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event. A calendar file with a Zoom link is available for download in the automatic receipt.

Program Manager: Tram Nguyen | | 612-278-6316

Payments/Cancellations: Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form. Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.


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Thursday, September 21, 2023

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Live Webinar - Zoom